Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in PyongYang 

In which extrovert non-conformist Dennis Rodman offers North Korean despot Kim Jong-un a visit of an NBA All-Stars basketball team for his birthday. Rodman is an unlikely friend for Kim Jong-un but for reasons which are never confirmed (obviously), the North Korean leader is happy to be seen smiling and hugging Rodman - at least … Continue reading Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in PyongYang 

The Wolfpack

This is for me the best type of documentary, where there is no voice-over trying to explain or manipulate the story, and where the director has taken the sensible decision not to insert themselves into the film at all, leaving the exposition to the subjects themselves.And yet there were a number of occasions where I needed the … Continue reading The Wolfpack

Amy

Much as I enjoy a good documentary, in the past few years I have struggled with them as I've felt manipulated by a number which others have rated really highly (Stories We Tell and Mistaken For Strangers to name two). Asif Kapadia and his team seem to have found a way around (most of) this … Continue reading Amy

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, for all itsgruesomeness, was one of my top films of 2013.This is a companion piece to that, but the emphasis is on the victims rather than the perpetrators. While not quite as punch-you-in-the-face as The Act of Killing (although maybe it would be if you haven't already visited Oppenheimer's … Continue reading The Look of Silence

¿Quién es Dayani Cristal? – Who is Dayani Cristal?

Gael Garcia Bernal can always be relied upon to be part of some thought-provoking films. He was in my favourite film of both 2012 (También la Lluvia) and 2013 (No), and with ¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?, he has not let me down this year either. Bernal mixes two strands in this documentary - one presents the … Continue reading ¿Quién es Dayani Cristal? – Who is Dayani Cristal?